Pierce Atwood Attorneys and Practices Recognized in Chambers USA 2020

Chambers and Partners today announced its rankings for the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Pierce Atwood has been ranked among the USA’s best firms in practices across the firm, with 36 attorneys ranked as leaders in their respective fields. We are pleased to report that we're the only law firm in Maine to receive #1 rankings for seven practice areas, and the only law firm in Maine to receive #1 rankings for commercial litigation and environmental law.

Chambers USA is published annually and is consulted by general counsel of global and national businesses. The guide evaluates lawyers based on technical legal skills, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. Practice area rankings are based on individual lawyers within the field, and the strength and depth of a department.

The Pierce Atwood practice groups recognized in the 2020 edition are:

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate

These are the Pierce Atwood attorneys and the areas in which they were recognized in the 2020 edition:

Bankruptcy/Restructuring (new category in 2020)

  • Keith J. Cunningham (Maine)
  • Jacob A. Manheimer (Maine)

Corporate/Commercial Law

  • Scott E. Pueschel (New Hampshire)
  • James C. Baker (New Hampshire) – NEW in 2020


  • David J. Champoux (Maine)
  • Charles M. Graceffa (Maine)
  • Christopher E. Howard (Maine)

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Jared S. des Rosiers (Maine)
  • John W. Gulliver (Maine)
  • Sarah B. Tracy (Maine)
  • Randall S. Rich: Energy: Oil & Gas Regulatory & Litigation (Nationwide)


  • Kenneth F. Gray (Maine)
  • Matthew D. Manahan (Maine)
  • Brian M. Rayback (Maine)
  • William E. Taylor (Maine)
  • Michelle N. O’Brien (Massachusetts)
  • Mark E. Beliveau (New Hampshire)

Intellectual Property

  • Kevin M. Farrell (New Hampshire)

Labor & Employment

  • Charles S. Einsiedler (Maine)
  • James R. Erwin (Maine)
  • Margaret Coughlin LePage (Maine)
  • Katharine I. Rand (Maine)
  • Mark A. Pogue (Rhode Island)

Litigation: General Commercial

  • David E. Barry (Maine)
  • John J. Aromando (Maine)
  • Gavin G. McCarthy (Maine)
  • Neal F. Pratt (Maine)
  • Robert H. Stier, Jr. (Maine)
  • Donald R. Frederico (Massachusetts)
  • Michele E. Kenney (New Hampshire)
  • John E. Bulman (Rhode Island)
  • Michael J. Daly (Rhode Island)
  • Mark A. Pogue (Rhode Island)

Real Estate

  • Eben Adams (Maine)
  • Dennis C. Keeler (Maine)
  • Judith Fletcher Woodbury (Maine)
  • Margaret G. Smith (Maine) – NEW in 2020

Chambers and Partners has been ranking law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now covers more than 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Lawyers and law firms are ranked on a variety of factors and considerations, all of which are investigated by more than 200 researchers that work full-time in their London headquarters. Individual lawyers are ranked (in their practice area(s)) on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, their ability, their effectiveness, and their client service.